Companies are beginning to realise the influence they can have when it comes to ensuring a smooth on-boarding process for new employees.

On-boarding is the process in which new hires adjust to the different social and performance aspects of their new role, enabling them to come to terms with the new skills and standards that are required.

Businesses are becoming more aware of the idea that when a new employee is educated on their new role, strategy, values and how the organisation operates as whole, they have a more rounded understanding which pays off as they settle in.

As a result, the benefits of creating a multi-dimensional programme are rewarding for both employees and companies.

Length of the process

Traditionally, the on-boarding process lasts about 2-3 days after the business takes on a new employee. However, companies are starting to see benefits in extending it, with some lasting up to 12 months.

With a broader scope, the key practices remain around the role, HR procedures and policies, however there is a growing focus on creating internal connections. A report from Top Employers Institute, based on a sample size of 600 organisations in 102 countries, found that 75% of UK companies involved in the research assign a buddy to aid the settling in process.

Due to the extended time frame there are options for companies to introduce follow-ups. 58% of firms held a session a year after the employee joined and review how the system worked for the new employee and what they might be able to improve.

Increased involvement from senior management

A key part of companies developing their process into a successful one has been a more hands-on approach from senior business leaders as they try and inspire new employees from the first morning, whilst helping them to understand the overall business purpose.

According to the research, 77% of UK executive managers ensure they meet with new recruits – which is an increase of 15% since 2015.

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